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Published: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 1:15 a.m. CDT

SAN JOSE, Calif. (MCT) – If you want to own the latest iteration of Apple Inc.’s popular iPad tablet computer on the first day it’s available, prepare to wait at an Apple Store – if you haven’t already ordered one online.

The Cupertino, Calif., tech giant confirmed over the weekend that it has run out of iPads available for pre-order on the Internet, with a message on Apple’s online store telling customers that it will be two to three weeks before an iPad will arrive.

Customers who ordered the new iPad online directly after it was announced last week at an event in San Francisco were told they would receive it Friday, the first day it will be released. But by the next day, customers buying certain models of the device were told the iPads would arrive March 19. By now, the wait is even longer.

Lines are expected to be long at Apple’s retail locations Friday; Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicts that Apple will sell 1 million iPads on Friday.

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